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Dental care professionals worried about Chicago kids
Updated: 11/20/2009 10:59:08 AM

Dental care professionals worried about Chicago kids This year, the Chicago Public School system is offering nearly all of its students a free breakfast, but some dental care professionals worry about the items on the menu.

Kids are offered three free items in the morning, according to the Chicago Tribune. The problem is that many of these children don't choose foods that make for a balanced breakfast.

The news source reports that Illinois has the fourth-highest level of child obesity in the U.S., which could be a consequence of a sugary diet. The Tribune also says that a recent visit to Chicago's schools revealed many students eat Frosted Flakes, doughnuts and French toast for breakfast.

"We applaud the Chicago Tribune's recent coverage of the shockingly high sugar diets being offered at Chicago Public Schools," wrote Drs. Kevin Boyd, Robert Lustig and Kevin Donly on the Tribune's opinion page. Boyd and Donly are dentists and Lustig is a professor of pediatric endocrinology.

The American Dental Association says tooth decay occurs when children are given sweet foods and drinks. Bacteria use the sugar as food and then produce acids that damage teeth.

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